Grandma Peterson’s Molasses Cookies

My Grandma Peterson, who was actually my Great-Grandma, was seriously one of the best grandmas in the world.  Nothing against your grandma, I’m sure she’s a wonderful person too, but seriously, everyone should have a grandma like my Grandma Peterson.  I know I’m biased, somewhat, but she was just such a loving, grandma. She told good stories. She never got mad at you. She could correct you without raising her voice – in fact I think you just never wanted to do anything to displease her. You just loved her so much you WANTED to mind.  She would sing for you, play games to entertain you, send you out to play when you needed it, gave great hugs, and even smelled nice – soft and warm, like a grandma should smell. She also baked like no one else I’ve ever known. My very favorite cookies that she made were her molasses cookies. I remember my mom and my aunts would even eat the hard ones dipped in Sanka. Sure, other kids can love chocolate chip (she made wonderful chocolate chip cookies) but they just can’t compare to the spicy goodness of a molasses cookie.


I usually make them for Christmas. They’re good, but they never taste as good to me as my grandma’s did. I guess it was that little pinch of love she put in or something that made them taste extra special good.  You should try to make them for your family this Christmas and see what they think of them.  You can decorate them if you like, we’ve just always eaten them plain, but they look a lot like gingerbread so you could cut them into fancy shapes and frost them or sprinkle them with sugar – whatever makes you happy!

My grandma’s recipe was pretty brief. She left off incidentals like temperature of the oven and how long to bake them,  I mean, hello! If you know what you’re doing in the kitchen you don’t need information like that! For the rest of us, we’ve just had to experiment to see what works.  When you make them, don’t forget to put in that extra pinch of love!


Grandma Peterson’s Molasses Cookies

·1 Cup Sugar
·4 Cups Flour
·1 Cup Molasses
·1 Teaspoon Ginger
·1 Cup Shortening
·1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
·1 Cup cold Coffee
·1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
·1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Mix together wet ingredients in large bowl (this is very messy), until well blended.  Add dry ingredients, dough will be pretty wet.

I put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to help the dough firm up a little.  When you go to roll it out, you may need to work a little flour into the dough so that you can work with it better.

Roll out dough onto floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick and cut into shapes, cook in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes